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Authorities in Beijing forced the cancellation yesterday of a major conference on legal protection for private industry amid heightened sensitivity over the country’s biggest political scandal in years, organisers said.

A leading Beijing lawyer said legal authorities in the capital called him yesterday to demand the two-day event to be held in a hotel in the western city of Xian be called off. The conference had been expected to draw as many as 400 lawyers, academics, economists, and leading entrepreneurs, said the lawyer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

“This conference was too much for them,” said the lawyer, who declined to reveal specifically which officials had called him. Other lawyers listed as participating also said authorities had ordered it cancelled, but asked that they and their firms not be identified by name.

The cancellation comes just weeks after one of China‘s…

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